MONTPELIER, Vt. (CBS Local) — A bill introduced in the Vermont Senate would make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to use or possess a cellphone in the state.
The bill, S.212, would make possession or use of a cellphone a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of a year behind bars or a $1,000 fine or both.READ MORE: City Of Pittsburgh Closing Rialto Street So Crews Can Repair Steps
The legislation links cellphone use by people under the age of 21 to a rise in driving fatalities, suicides, mass shootings and terrorism.
“The internet and social media, accessed primarily through cell phones, are used to radicalize and recruit terrorists, fascists and other extremists,” the bill reads.READ MORE: State Police Make Arrest Of 20-Year-Old Wanted For Arson, Domestic Assault
Senator John Rodgers, a Democrat, said he introduced the bill on Tuesday to make a point.
“I have no delusions that it’s going to pass,” he told the Barre Montpelier Times Argus newspaper on Wednesday. “I wouldn’t probably vote for it myself.”
Rodgers said he’s a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms and the legislature “seems bent on taking away our Second Amendment rights.”MORE NEWS: Carnegie Mellon University Reminding Students They Must Be Vaccinated For Upcoming Semester
He said based on the information presented in his bill, a cellphone is much more dangerous than a gun.